"Striking work with a very inspiring account of the positive effects of Islam values in everyday life being Muslim. The author tells us a story of redemption and reintegration to society thanks to the support of Islamic religion in Bakary’s struggle to be a better human being. This is very important, we think, in a world where Islam is very often and wrongly identified with violence or terrorism."
Bakary, 35 years old, grew up in the 19th arrondissement, north-east of Paris, in a building on the edge of the town. A childhood in the 1980s between Stalingrad and Riquet (metro stations) meant he was in the heart of the rise of hip-hop culture but also during the rise of crack. In his youth, he spent a lot of time in the street trying to make money until the police came to pick him up in college.
It is through Islam that Bakary found the strength to fight and get back on the right path. Bakary is now active in the estate in a very different way. The caretaker of one of the building of the estate, he is now an activist who fights for his neighbourhood. Despite the many controversies that affect his community, Bakary Sakho continues his mediation work to try to improve the daily life of his neighborhood.
'Through the eyes of Bakary ' looks at the lives of the black Muslim community of the 19th district.